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MEMORANDUM 

DATE: November 5, 2018

South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy

The Office of Standards and Learning is pleased to announce the State Board of Education’s approval for the South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy, an award that recognizes students who have attained a functional level of proficiency in two languages (English and one other language) by graduation. The South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy serves to certify attainment of biliteracy for students, employers, and universities. It is a statement of accomplishment that helps to signal evidence of a student’s readiness for career and college, and for engagement as a global citizen.

The Office of Standards and Learning has provided a support document explaining all related guidelines for the South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy, as well as an application that must be used for students to earn the award. These documents are available on the South Carolina Department of Education website and are accessible via the following links:

South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy Overview and Guidelines

South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy Student Application

By November 19, 2018, districts who choose to participate will submit names of student applicants for the South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy, and they will report student proficiency scores and qualifications no later than May 1. Seals will be made available for our South Carolina students who have earned the award by May 31, in time for graduation.

For more information, please contact Wendy Stephens, Education Associate for World Languages via wstephens@ed.sc.gov


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WiDA Training:

Beginners and Advanced

Palmetto TESOL has released the registration for the WIDA Standards Training.   It will be held November 29-30.   It is a two day training, Beginning WIDA Day 1 and Advanced WIDA Day 2.   Participants may attend both days or just one day.   The cost is $150 per day.   The cost includes books, training materials and lunch.   The training will be held each day from 9:00 to 3:30 at Laurens School District 55, 301 Hillcrest Dr., Laurens, SC 29360.  

 WiDA Training Session

Please see the link above to register.   There is a 40 person per day max participation on this training so please get your registrations in as quickly as possible. 

*Palmetto TESOL is not affiliated with Carolina TESOL.  Palmetto TESOL is an agent used by the SCDE for coordinating events like this one.  Please do not send money, or registrations to Carolina TESOL.


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